Saturday, March 5, 2011

World's first blue roses created by Japanese

The world's first blue roses have been unveiled following nearly 20 years of scientific research. The blooms are genetically modified and have been implanted with a gene that simulates the synthesis of blue pigment in pansies (pansies are a large hybrid garden plants, violet in color). The flowers were displayed at the International Flower Expo Tokyo. The creation of blue roses was masterminded by an Australian-based subsidiary of Suntory, a Japanese company. Blue roses have been available in florists in recent years but until now, they have been created by using various dying techniques to stain the petals of naturally white roses. However, the Suntory roses are believed to be the first genetically-modified blue rose creations.
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